Nestled in the Tuscan countryside, Siena is a beautiful medieval city located 35 miles southwest of Florence. Immerse yourself in Italian society, cuisine, and culture, while enjoying easy access to the Tuscan capital, the sea, and the renowned Tuscan landscape. In July, enjoy the rare chance to witness the Palio, Siena’s famous horse race, in one of the most recognized piazzas in the world: Piazza del Campo. Study the economic, socio-historical, and cultural aspects of Tuscan food by participating in cooking classes and visiting restaurants, gelato laboratories, dairies, and vineyards. Enroll in a course on the history and tradition of the Palio and Contrade of Siena or study Tuscan culture and cuisine. By combining coursework with study outside the classroom, you will experience the rich cultural heritage of Tuscany.
As the political, intellectual, and cultural capital of China, Beijing is a dynamic city reinventing itself for the 21st century. Beijingers remain proud of their traditions, their language, and a rich heritage that dates back centuries, making it the perfect place to study Chinese while learning about past, present, and future of China. Spend as much time as you can indulging in the rich culture of Beijing: explore the maze of hutong, shop the glitzy areas of Chaoyang, and wander through the majestic Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Beijing - Language Intensive Beijing is considered the place to study Chinese in Chinaâ��it sets the standard pronunciation for the rest of the country. The people of Beijing are friendly and proud to be from this fascinating cityâ��what a perfect environment to study abroad and practice your Chinese. Our Language Intensive Program is for students who have already started their Chinese language studies and want to rapidly expand their knowledge of written and spoken Chinese. Features of the program include the strong Chinese language component and English-taught area studies courses that utilize Beijing to discover Chinese cultural and social issues. The program is based on the Beijing Foreign Studies University (Bei Wai) campus, one of the premier academic universities in Beijing. Grammar classes, small drill sessions, and hour-long private tutorials combine for an intensive study of Chinese four hours daily, four days a week. Beijing will be your classroom. Visit the most significant palace in Beijing, the Forbidden City, and learn about the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Enjoy local customs, tea tastings, and regional cuisine--like noodles and dumplings. You can also practice your language skills by going to local markets and bargaining with vendors for the best local deals. Everything you do will be part of your learning experience. We want you to feel at home in Beijing, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. With our introduction to Beijing during your orientation and our fun cultural events as a base, you will soon become familiar with the Beijing way of life. Take your study abroad experience one step further with an optional for-credit academic internship that can help you get professional experience while working on your communication skills.
We have to be honestâ��you are going to fall in love with Buenos Aires. You will swoon over the eclectic architecture, inspired by cities like Paris and Madrid. You may even learn to tango in the birthplace of this sensual dance. Do not wait any longerâ��find out why this is a love affair to last a lifetime. Buenos Aires - Latin American Societies and Cultures If you are ready for an urban adventure, Buenos Aires is your city. With endless city districts and neighborhoods to explore, you will get lost in the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires. Tango the night away as you learn the popular dance of Argentina, attend one of the many soccer games, and browse the local art sceneâ��all this and more awaits you as a study abroad student in Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires will also be your classroom. Learn about visual arts in the city and then meet with local graffiti artists before seeing their work. Study the impact of globalization in Latin America and then get an internship with one of the top Argentinian businesses. Welcome to study abroad! Open to students of all language levels, the Latin American Societies & Cultures Program allows you to improve your Spanish language skills while taking courses in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, all of which feature an academic emphasis on Latin America. If you have beginning- and intermediate-level language skills, you can choose from a wide variety of English-taught IES Abroad courses in areas such as the Arts, Literature, Film, Anthropology, and Political Science. If you have advanced-level Spanish language skills, you have the option to choose from Spanish-taught IES Abroad courses and courses through our prestigious university partners. You also have the option to take up to two English-taught IES Abroad courses. Finally, we want you to feel at home in Buenos Aires, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Buenos Aires. From internships to cultural activities, you will have numerous opportunities to get to know Argentina.